The Edmonton Oilers were looking forward to getting back to a familiar arena after an 18-year absence.
The Oilers were to play in a new arena for the first time since 2012, when they hosted the Chicago Blackhawks in the Memorial Cup Final.
The new venue, which opened in December 2016, is the only arena in the NHL with a retractable roof and has an open-air rink, but the team was to play home games in the old home rink in 2018 and 2019, and in 2020.
The teams are still waiting for the final approval from city officials for the project.
“The arena is in a great location,” said general manager Craig MacTavish in a release.
“We’re going to do everything we can to get it approved as quickly as possible, but we are determined to go forward.”
MacTavishes team said they’re excited to return to the new arena, and they hope to see the team play at the rink again.
“It’s been a great experience, and it’s great to get to play here again,” said forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
We’re excited about the new location, and we know it will be a blast.””
The arena, the players, the staff and all the fans will be thrilled to have this game back.”
We’re excited about the new location, and we know it will be a blast.
“Nugent-Hoppkins said the new team was “thrilled” to get back to Edmonton and that he’s looking forward “to getting on the ice.
“The Oilers have lost six straight games and are on a five-game losing streak.